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Take a look at Washburn Center's recent news.


Spreading Cheer this Holiday Season

With the support of the community over 525 kiddos served at Washburn Center were provided with gifts this holiday season.


Washburn Center One of 20 Top Nonprofits in Minnesota

Washburn Center was recently selected as one of 20 top nonprofits in Minnesota working to support the education of at-risk youth.


Washburn Center Highlighted in MSP Magazine

MSP Magazine features Washburn Center for Children in an eight page spread in the June issue.


Paving The Way

Honor a loved one or highlight your personal commitment to children’s mental health through a commemorative paver, bench or tree. The engraved paver stone or bench/tree plaque will showcase your passion for helping children reach their potential and leave a lasting legacy. Washburn Center for Children’s new state-of-the-art facility will feature lush vegetation, rain gardens… Read more »


Leave a Legacy or Honor a Loved One

A variety of naming opportunities exist through the Creating Space for Young Minds to Heal and Grow Capital Campaign. Honor a loved one with a room, lobby or office named in their honor, or highlight your commitment to children’s mental health through these naming opportunities. Your gift will leave a lasting legacy of your dedication… Read more »


Washburn Named a Top Children’s Charity by Theravive

Washburn was recently named as a “Top 10 Children’s Charities in North America” by Theravive, a network of independent counselors/clinics throughout North America.


Gov. Proclaims May 8 “Washburn Center for Children Day”

“Washburn Center for Children should be recognized for its expert therapeutic care and its impressive 131-year history of helping Minneapolis children grow into healthy adults,” proclaimed Mayor Betsy Hodges. Both Mayor Hodges and Gov. Dayton declared May 8 as “Washburn Center for Children Day” in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Gov. Dayton… Read more »


Washburn’s School-based Program to Expand

Across Hennepin County, students in 18 schools currently have convenient access to Washburn’s therapeutic services in their schools. A renewed five-year grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services provides $1.4 million to the program, allowing Washburn to expand to 22 schools in 2014. School-based services help children like 10-year-old Amanda, whose emotional and behavioral… Read more »


Washburn Selected as Cities 97 Sampler Charitable Recipient

Washburn Center for Children is excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the non-profit organizations to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Cities 97 Sampler Volume 25. Washburn will use the Sampler funding to provide healing therapeutic services to children that will teach them skills and… Read more »


Washburn Donors Believe in the Long-term Impact of Early Intervention

Behind the sweet demeanor of Walt and Dede Hanson is a deep-seeded desire to help children in need. The pair is no stranger to helping children succeed. Dede was an early childhood educator, and Walt has supported numerous children’s initiatives through the Rotary Club. Most recently, the Hansons established a charitable annuity with Washburn as… Read more »


Welcoming the 2013-2014 Patricia L. Klibanoff Fellow

Washburn is excited to announce the 2013 – 2014 Patricia L. Klibanoff Fellow: Dr. Kelly Thon, who recently earned her Psy.D. from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Much like the late Pat Klibanoff, Dr. Thon has devoted her career to helping children and families lead successful lives. Dr…. Read more »


Thank you for Giving to the Max!

Children’s Mental Health is Community Health Washburn is grateful and inspired by the outpouring of generosity on Give to the Max Day. More than $30,000 was raised in support of Washburn’s mission on November 14. Statewide, over $17 million was donated to thousands of Minnesota nonprofits and schools. Thank you for supporting Washburn and helping children have a… Read more »


Groundbreaking Celebration

Enthusiasm and anticipation were the hallmark of the community groundbreaking celebration for Washburn Center for Children’s new facility on August 13. More than 300 community members gathered for this exciting milestone in Washburn’s 130-year history. The groundbreaking received media coverage by MPR, WCCO TV, Star Tribune, KARE 11, and KSTP – illustrating the importance of… Read more »


Washburn Named Top Workplace for Third Consecutive Year

For a third consecutive year, Washburn Center for Children was selected as a Top Workplace by the StarTribune. Top workplaces were honored in a special StarTribune section printed June 16. Washburn placed 36th in the small business category, with more than 1,900 organizations participating in the survey. The StarTribune’s Top Workplaces were selected from the results of… Read more »


May Is Mental Health Month

Mental health treatment is a wise investment in our community’s social and economic future. If early mental health intervention isn’t available for children, they’re more likely to become unfortunate statistics of the news. Washburn Center for Children provides healing therapy for children experiencing anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and trauma – so they can grow up… Read more »


Washburn Receives Accreditation from American Psychological Association

Washburn Center for Children’s commitment to training the next generation of child clinicians has reached an exciting, new milestone. The agency’s doctoral internship program recently received accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA), the largest professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA accreditation is the “gold standard” for doctoral level clinical internship programs. The two-year accreditation process requires… Read more »


Chief Operating Officer Speaks at National Conference

Tom Steinmetz, Washburn’s program director and chief operating officer, was a guest speaker at the National Council on Community Behavioral Health Conference, held in Las Vegas in early April. Steinmetz was invited to speak about Washburn’s implementation of a data-driven, performance-based clinician compensation model. Since its inception, the model has dramatically improved Washburn’s budgeting accuracy and… Read more »


Proposed Legislation Will Increase Access to Mental Health Services Through Schools

One out of five children struggle with mental health challenges – but only 20% get the help they need. Children may have an easier time accessing mental health services thanks to the Mental Health in Schools Act currently being discussed by Congress. “Healthy kids grow into healthy adults, and if we’re able to catch and… Read more »


Washburn Recognized for Bold Efforts

Responsive. Innovative. Bold. These words were used to describe Washburn when the agency was honored as the nonprofit winner of the Bold Awards, hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth Minnesota (ACG MN). Inspired by Washburn’s mission, attendees at ACG’s February 26 event chose Washburn out of five bold winners to receive the “Boldest of the Bold” Award,… Read more »


Washburn Trustee Honored with CRAVE Cares Award

Washburn congratulates Mike Brennan, a 2013 recipient of the CRAVE Cares “Heart of the Event” award! The award, sponsored by CRAVE and Minnesota Monthly, recognized six local volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty and highlighted their efforts in the February issue of Minnesota Monthly. Mike, Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President… Read more »


Resources for How to Talk to Children about the Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

The staff and trustees of Washburn Center for Children join the nation in mourning the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary. Now more than ever we recognize the importance of children’s mental health, and our commitment to helping kids cope with their mental health struggles remains steadfast. To help parents handle the aftermath of this… Read more »


WCCO Stories: The Many Faces of Washburn

One out of five Minnesota children will experience mental health challenges at some point, yet only 20% of these children will get the professional help they need. Washburn is excited to partner with WCCO television to give voice to the critical community issue of children’s mental health. WCCO will highlight some of the many faces… Read more »


Children Have a Blast at the Third Annual Washburn Games

Giving back to the community and helping others can be fun. That’s what more than 220 kids learned at the third annual Washburn Games, held on September 30. The Washburn Games gave children the chance to try out 20 different sports activities, including cricket, lacrosse, karate and ultimate frisbee, while raising awareness for children’s mental… Read more »


Thanks to the Generous Companies Who Donated School Supplies

Throughout the school year, Washburn therapists help children develop the social and emotional skills needed to be successful in the classroom. This fall, thanks to the generosity of the following companies, kids will also have the back-to-school supplies they need to start the school year off right: Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America Burnet… Read more »


Washburn’s Executive Director Named Transformational Leader

On June 26, Washburn’s Executive Director Steve Lepinski was honored with Minnesota Council of NonprofitsTransformational Leader Award at the annual Nonprofit Leadership Conference sponsored by MCN and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Steve was selected for effectively demonstrating commitment to the nonprofit sector, serving 20 years or more in strategic and significant roles, enhancing the success and knowledge… Read more »


Steve Lepinski Celebrates 25 Years of Leadership

In 1987, a tall man with a passion for helping children arrived at Washburn Center for Children. Now, 25 years later, Steve Lepinski continues to be a champion for our community’s children and their mental health. On May 9 — National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day — community members gathered to celebrate Steve’s 25 years… Read more »